Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

Directed by David Sington

Starring Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

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A wonderful collection of raw footage, b-roll, interviews, and voiceover, all marvelously edited. Perhaps the best documentary or the Apollo program. It’s all really amazing isn’t it?

The astronaut interviews are great, humanizing each mission with lots of great details and memories and insights. Collins and Duke are especially likable and articulate. It’s really too bad they couldn’t get Armstrong for this one, though. I get that he’s reclusive, but as a true historical figure for mankind, it sure would be nice if he talked about this stuff a bit more. There’s something about Aldrin I don’t like. Didn’t help to learn that he was the only astronaut demanding to be paid for his appearance.

People who have been to the moon seem to be the happiest and most humble people on Earth. Going to the moon has given them a uniquely profound, realistic, and healthy perspective on the universe, the Earth, and themselves.

The end lacked a bit of punch. Would have liked to tie everything up with something a little more emotional.

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